5/8 Fills Built From Six 16th Notes

A relatively simple 5/8 fill idea where a block of six sixteenth notes is used then positioned at various points within the bar.

The construction method presented on this page should hopefully be quite straight forward. You will be taking some standard 5/8 Groove Patterns and replacing a section of the bar with six sixteenth notes. I will start by showing the pattern in the obvious position at the end of the bar first then I will show how the block can be moved around to create some interesting patterns.

Several examples of this fill construction idea are listed below, all with a brief explanation of what is happening. Remember to experiment with varying and constructing your own fill ideas using this concept.


Example 1

Straight rolls on the snare at the end of the bar. Simple but effective, great for getting your head around note placement.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 2

Moving around the kit in groups of two.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 3

Using a slightly extended version of the 'Triangle Pattern'.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 4

The placement of the fill has moved to the middle of the bar. Straight 16ths on the snare have been used to keep it simple.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 5

A simple tom orchestration of the previous fill placement.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 6

Moving around the kit in groups of two.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 7

An off orchestration combining kicks and toms.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 8

The six note grouping placed at the start of the bar, orchestrated just on snare.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


Example 9

Then orchestrated with moving right hands.

A 5/8 fill built around six sixteenth notes


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  • Play a four bar phrase in 5/8 where the fourth contains a fill. Repeat this phrase over.
  • Create your own 5/8 fills, write down any that you really like.